Preview by Jack Foley
FURTHER casting for A Few Good Men has been
announced. Joining Rob Lowe will be Suranne Jones, Coronation
Street's Karen McDonald; Jack Ellis, Bad Girls'
Jim Fenner and John Barrowman.
Barrowman has previously appeared on stage in the musicals Chicago
and Anything Goes; while his film credits include
Delovely and the forthcoming screen version of The
Producers. He was most recently seen on TV in Dr Who.
Previously Posted: Former West Wing star, Rob
Lowe, will make his West End debut in a new version of the 1980
play, A Few Good Men, at the Theatre
Royal Haymarket from September 6 to December 17, 2005
(previews from August 18).
The new production has been written by West Wing creator, Aaron
Sorkin, and focuses on a military court case in which Marines
stationed at Guantanamo Bay, in Cuba, are accused of murdering
their peer, despite insisting that they were acting under orders.
Lowe will play Lt Daniel Kaffee, the military attorney who agrees
to defend the soldiers.
A Few Good Men was memorably turned
into a Hollywood movie in 1992, starring Tom Cruise, Demi Moore
and Jack Nicholson.
Its final courtroom confrontation is often cited by movie fans
as one of the great film moments of all-time, so it will be interesting
to see whether Lowe can measure up to such high standards.
As yet, however, no further casting has been announced for the
London version, although the production will be directed by David
Esbjornsen, whose previous US credits include Edward Albee’s
The Goat, or Who Is Sylvia?).
Rob Lowe will be known to millions of TV and movie fans following
high-profile roles in shows such as The West Wing and films such
as About Last Night, St Elmos Fire and The Outsiders.
His re-teaming with Sorkin goes some way to quashing speculation
surrounding his departure from The West Wing, when it was rumoured
that he had fallen out with the show's writer.
But putting the lie to such claims, Lowe recently told Variety
magazine: "I try to make it a policy to stay on good terms
with the few geniuses I know in the world.
"There was never a problem between us, and this was a case
of kismet. I called him, and when he told me he was adapting the
play for the West End, it was exactly what I wanted to do."
A Few Good Men will replace the musical Acorn
Antiques, which is currently at the Theatre Royal Haymarket
until May 21, 2005.